Architectural Lighting, the latest addition to the Architecture Briefs series, provides both a critical approach to and a conceptual framework for understanding the application of lighting in the built environment. The key considerations of lighting design are illuminated through accessible texts and instructional diagrams. Six built projects provide readers with concrete examples of the ways in which these principles are applied. Short essays by architect Steven Holl, artist Sylvain Dubuisson, and landscape architect James Corner explore the role of lighting in defining spatial compositions.
Herve Descottes was born and raised in France, and moved to New York City in 1993 to established L'Observatoire International, a lighting design and consulting office made up of an international cadre of designers, engineers, and artists culled from a variety of disciplines. Descottes has been the recipient of many awards, including a 2008 Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects, and was also named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture in 2008.
Cecilia Ramos lives in and runs her design firm from Brooklyn, New York, and is a frequent collaborator with L'Observatoire International.
Architectural Lighting magazine:
"Collaborated with some of the most prominent design practitioners working today... In his unique way, Descottess work reveals the poetic nature of light as it connects to architecture. "
"Architectural Lighting is the book that fills the academic lighting void. Its written very much like a text book, starting with the basics (like the definition of lux) and then, step by step, building a sophisticated understanding of lighting design. To top it all off, the book ends with case studies of some of our favorite projects like Manhattans Highline. The appendices have also been cleverly configured to combine solid data with visual appeal."
"Architectural Lighting: Designing with Light and Space is a bit heavier than the normal sorts of image-heavy design books we recommend, but lighting is such an important topic we think its a book to check out if you have any interest at all."